VADODARA: The crime branch on Wednesday warned and multiplex managements to upgrade their security measures and keep strict vigil in their premises.
Managements of the malls and multiplexes were summoned a day after crime branch sleuths exposed serious lapses in their security by walking in with their firearms unchecked
“We had asked the management representatives to meet up for discussing the security arrangements. We instructed them to increase the number of security guards and properly frisk every visitor to their mall or multiplex. Also, they need to improve security in their parking lots,” said Jaydeepsinh Jadeja, deputy commissioner of police (crime) who met the malls and multiplex representatives.
Agencies providing security to all the malls were also present in the meeting. “Instructions have been given to cover every important area with high resolution CCTVs. Also, every mall should have functional metal detector apart from a pointsperson who can quickly respond to any eventuality,” Jadeja added.
Police have asked the malls and multiplex management a couple of days to improve their security measures. “We will conduct surprise security check again and if any lapses are found, we will take action,” Jadeja said. The police had on Tuesday conducted the drive as a precautionary measure after India struck terror camps in Pakistan early on Tuesday morning.
Though, the malls had security guards frisking the visitors, the cops posing as customers managed to walk in easily with their service revolvers. Not one mall or multiplex security was able to detect the revolver that the policemen carried in at Seven Seas Mall, , Vadodara Central Mall, Inorbit Mall, Eva Mall, D Mart in Manjalpur, Inox Multiplex and Ved Transcube PVR Mall in Sayajigunj.
“We are on high alert and such lapses can cause serious security problems. The other key public places are also under constant police watch,” Jadeja said.